It’s the year of the comebacks. The late 90′s and mid-2000s marked the years when music was ruled by a former boy-band heartthrob and 3 fierce female vocalists. Unfortunately, the preceding years saw less and less of the hot musical acts, but now they have all made their way back into the studio with intentions to take the world by storm once again. Much to everyone’s pleasure, Justin Timberlake and the beloved girl group, Destiny’s Child, have announced their return to music.
In the six years since his last LP, FutureSex/LoveShow, Timberlake’s focus has been on acting. While movies took the forefront, music always seemed to roam through his mind. The pop star-turned-actor explained his desire to fulfill his urge for music in the 1 minute video posted on his site. “Someone asked me the other day, ‘So, are you just done? With music?’ the 31-year-old stated in the candid visual.”[But] it means more to me than anybody else in the world,” he continued. “Look, I’ve only done two albums in ten years. That’s the way I really look at it: what does the next decade mean for me?” Timberlake, then, steps into the studio, goes up to the microphone and dramatically ends with “I’m ready.”
According to Billboard and the Hollywood Reporter, Timberlake has already recorded around 20 songs for his third solo album. The album will be produced entirely by longtime collaborator, Timbaland. The Grammy award winning singer is also believed to be in the studio with Jay-Z and Beyoncé.
A countdown clock posted with the video suggests that we’ll be hearing new material from JT in just over three days. More than likely the first single will be Justin’s collaborated single with Jay-Z and Timbaland.
Meanwhile, Beyonce took to Facebook to announce that she, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, are working on a Destiny’s Child compilation album titled Love Songs. “I am so proud to announce the first original Destiny’s Child music in eight years!” the singer wrote.
The ensuing LP will feature the group’s new single “Nuclear,” produced by Pharrell Williams. It will also feature a list of songs recorded by the r&b trio between 1997 and 2004, including “Cater 2 U,” “Say My Name” and “Emotion”. The album is set to drop Jan. 29 — just in time for Valentine’s Day and just in time for their Superbowl halftime performance on February 3rd.
Yes, you can catch the trio on the stage together for the first time in nearly 8 years during the XLVII Superbowl Halftime show.
Earlier this week, Beyonce also sat down with GQ to discuss a potential solo project as well. The superstar stated that she was currently in the process of working with Pharrell, Timberland, her hubby Jay-Z, and – surprise! surprise! -Justin Timberlake. This may have been an early clue linked to JT’s official comeback and the superstar’s DC reunion, but one can hope.